L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Sunday, October 8, 2017

People in rooms II

Otto Beit in his study in Belgrave Square, Sir William Orpen, 1913.
Johannes Westrik and his family, by Tibout Regters, 1762.
The lady on the right has her knitting and dainty ball of yarn.
La mort du général Moreau, by Auguste Couder, 1814.
Muerte de don Alfonso XII (El último beso), by Juan Antonio Benlliure y Gil, 1887.
The King of Spain died of tuberculosis at the age of twenty-seven in 1885. Here he is surrounded by his widow, Queen Maria Christina, and
their two daughters, Infanta María de las Mercedes, Princess of Asturias, and Infanta María Teresa; the Queen was pregnant with a son,
Alfonso XIII, who would be born a king six months later and reign until going into exile at the start of the Spanish Civil War.
The Villers Family, by Jean-Bernard Duvivier, 1790.
The family's attire and their home's furnishings are in the very height of fashion.
The family of King Louis-Philippe, French School, circa 1835.
The figures look quite waxen, but the satin drapery is marvelous.
King Gustav III of Sweden visiting the Royal Academy of Arts, by Elias Martin, 1782.
Every face is a portrait. (Save the model's, I presume.)
Théatre à Paris, by Adolph von Menzel, 1854.
The lady in the box above with her opera glasses; you'd think her proximity to the stage would make them rather unnecessary.
Domestic interior, German School, circa 1775-80.
The details in this painting are wonderful; among the books, candlesticks, and urn on top of the secrétaire, is a half-empty bottle of wine.
Barely noticeable is the long length of thread or yarn, looping from the hands of the standing woman to the dainty implement on the table.

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